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June 17, 2014

Intersection discussed, more work needed in Clock Tower

The Marion County Supervisors heard from State Representative Greg Heartsill during their regular meeting on Tuesday morning, June 10. Heartsill told the Supervisors that he’s had discussions recently regarding dangerous intersections across the state.

“I brought up during the end of the session the intersection of G-76 and Highway 14 and the Iowa Department of Transportation agreed the intersection was a candidate for getting extra awareness and possible upgrades to traffic signage and lighted beacons,” Heartsill said.

According to Hearstill, the next step, from what he was told by the IDOT, is that they are willing to help with signage and light beacons at their cost but the County would be responsible for maintenance of them.

“The IDOT is just waiting to hear back from counties on whether they will take responsibility for the maintenance and replacement costs,” Heartsill said. “Other than that it’s ready to go.”

Each sign costs $3,000 to put in place. Two would be needed at the intersection.

Recent accidents at the intersection, as well as ones in the past, triggered Heartsill to bring the matter to the IDOT.

“I think it’s from people who are not familiar with the area coming from the south and all of a sudden they are on top of that intersection,” he said.

No formal action was taken on the matter, but it is expected to be an agenda item once again during the June 24 meeting.

The supervisors also head from Don Zoutte, AMVETS Public Relations Officer, regarding the possibility of placing a Freedom Rock on the courthouse lawn.

According to Zoutte, 15 counties in the state already have a rock in place. A rock for such placement has been donated locally and a deposit has been paid from fundraising.

“I think this would be a spectacular addition,” Zoutte said. “Another tourism attraction for the County.”

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